Christian Tetzlaff

Germani violinist (born in 1966, Hamburg)

Known for the deep sincerity of his works, his technical self-confidence and his convincing interpretation, Christian Tetzlaff is internationally recognized as one of the most important violinists of today’s music scene.

Born in a family of musicians, Christian Tetzlaff studied violin at the Lübeck Academy of Music with Uwe-Martin Haiberg, who places technique and interpretation on an equal footing. He later studied in 1985-1986 with Walter Levin at the University of Cincinnati and spent two summers in Vermont at the Marlboro Music Festival.

After his debut in the United States with the Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Christoph von Dohnányi, he plaeds with the Munich Philharmonic under the direction of Lorin Maazel and Leonard Slatkin in 1997.

Accompanied by the National Orchestra of France for the first time in 2000, in Arnold Schoenberg’s Concerto conducted by Jeffrey Tate, Tetzlaff has played with the philharmonic orchestras of Vienna, Stockholm, Chicago or Boston, or even with the London Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Pierre Boulez.

Invited to many festivals, he has played chamber music with personalities such as Yo-Yo Ma, Boris Pergamenschikow, Sabine Meyer or also Tabea Zimmermann.

His award-winning and diverse discography shows an interesting eclecticism. He recorded Mozart’s Sonatas for violin as well as Schumann's complete works for trio, or contemporary concertante works, too.

Christian Tetzlaff regularly teaches at the Kronberg Academy near Frankfurt, and plays a contemporary violin by German luthier Stefan-Peter Greiner, made in 1999.

Six landmark dates in the life of Christian Tetzlaff 

1988: debuts in Berlin in Arnold Schoenberg’s Concerto with the Munich Philharmonic conducted by Sergiu Celibidache

1994: creation of Tetzlaff Quartett

2005: chosen by Musical America as instrumental artists of the year

2007: recording of sonatas and partitas for solo violin by J-S Bach for Echo Klassik

2008: creation of Jörg Widmann’s Violin concerto 

2013: big European tour with his quartet

official website: Christian Tetzlaff

Biography by Radio France's Music Library, May 2014